Monday, May 31, 2010

This Makes me sick!!

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. I just got back from a great weekend of camping in Crooked River state park in St. Mary, GA.

For the most part we had pretty good weather, but with a little rain and dampness in the air it made me think of all the things that make me sick this time of year. I was reminded of this article I read a while back from As I have mentioned in the past prevention is the key!


Looking to stay healthy this summer? Load up on antioxidants—a.k.a. substances found in fruits, veggies and other healthy foods that help protect against free radicals (harmful molecules from broken-down foods, smoke and pollutants).

Here's how it works: Free radicals are released during the process of oxidation, which is when cells in the body die and are replaced by new, healthy cells. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, sort of. These "free radical" cells are actually missing an important molecule, which causes them to attach themselves to healthy cells and attack them, causing a chain reaction. The result can make you sick for the short-term (colds, flu, etc.) and potentially, the long-term (they may contribute to heart problems, cancer, Alzheimer's and other diseases).

Enter antioxidants from healthy foods, which prevent free radicals from causing a chain reaction of damaging cells (and making you sick). Think of these antioxidants—including beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E—as your natural defenders, shielding healthy cells from being attacked. So what healthy foods should you be eating? Here's what to stock up on next time you hit the grocery store.

Antioxidant fruits include berries, citrus fruits and even dried fruits like apricots, prunes and raisins—all of which play a key role in protecting your body and maintaining a strong immune system. Keep these antioxidant fruits on hand to maintain a healthy diet and avoid getting sick this winter.

* Apricots
* Apples
* Berries
* Grapes
* Pomegranate
* Oranges
* Grapefruit
* Cantaloupe
* Kiwi
* Mangoes
* Bananas
* Peaches
* Plums
* Nectarines
* Tomatoes
* Watermelon
* Raisins

Ditch the sandwich and pack a salad for lunch for a mid-day meal packed with healthy antioxidants. Warning: Heating vegetables can reduce their nutritional benefits, so your best bet is to go raw. Bored with salads? Make healthy breakfast shakes with carrots and some of your favorite fruits to start the day with a healthy dose of antioxidants that you can literally sip on your way to work.

* Artichokes
* Asparagus
* Beets
* Broccoli
* Carrots
* Corn
* Green Peppers
* Kale
* Red Cabbage
* Sweet Potatoes

On the go? Toss some sunflower seeds or nuts in a bag for a quick dose of healthy antioxidants. Another option: Make an avocado, tuna or lean-meat sandwich using whole-grain bread.

* Sunflower Seeds
* Hazelnuts
* Pecans
* Walnuts
* Whole grains

Zinc and selenium, much like the healthy antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, help guard against free radicals. Just don't overdo it, since some proteins (like red meat) can be high in fat. Vegetarian? No problem. Pinto beans and kidney beans are both excellent antioxidant foods that will protect your cells.

* Oysters
* Red Meat
* Poultry
* Beans
* Tuna

Friday, May 14, 2010

Exercise should be FUN and FUNctional

Hey Everybody,
Well, down here is Florida Spring is already heating up into Summer. Here is a short video I made for you to show you that exercise can be fun and refreshing at the same time.

Exercise should always be FUN and FUNctional!!


P.S. If the whole video does not appear below, click on this link.
Burpee Video

"Life Is Motion"

"Life Is Motion"
Turkish Get Up